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Get the Look: Our Cape Cod Patio Refresh

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I am lucky that I get to spend summers on the Cape. Even luckier that I work from home, which means I can work at the beach, on the sofa, or if the weather is just right, on the patio.

We have a couple of really solid teak chaise lounge chairs that we bought years ago when we lived in D.C., which have held up beautifully. But the hunter green umbrella and navy cushions, never looked quite right, so I took this opportunity from Wayfair to update the outdoor patio decor.

Wayfair Summer Living Cape Cod Patio Refresh

The starting point of the new color scheme, is the new turquoise color market umbrella. Our exterior windows are actually this color (for real), so it is a really fun touch.

I swapped out the cushions on the teak chaise lounges for  neutral grey ones. (There’s also an upstairs deck with an old lounge that desperately needed a cushion – we went with a pale green/blue spa color up there.)

Tired of the hard-lined geometric trellis patterned outdoor throw pillows, I opted for more organic shape patterns, as well as global-inspired patterned throw pillows.

Finally, some new planters add structure and color that ties back to the flowers along the rail. Given we’re on the Outer Cape and not California, I didn’t go for the full-on outdoor room thing, with a rug and lights. Because, seriously, thunder storms are just too frequent. It’s trouble enough to drag the cushions indoors.

The patio looks really cheerful. Now, if only the mosquitos would disappear.

Wayfair Summer Living Cape Cod Patio Refresh

G E T  the L O O K

Get the Look Summer Living Patio Refresh

 

S H O P P I N G
1 Nine-foot Market Umbrella

2 Indoor/Outdoor Chair Cushion

3 “My Happy Place” Outdoor Lumbar Pillow

4 Tall Fiberclay Planter

5 Sunbrella Chaise Lounge Cushions

6 Janus et Cie Concrete Pot Planter

7 Two-Tone Plastic Pot

8 Golden Gate Outdoor Throw Pillow

9 Mudcloth Geometric Outdoor Throw Pillow

10 Abstract Outdoor Throw Pillow

11 Don’t Be Catty Outdoor Lumbar Pillow

12 Modern Metal Side Table

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Get the Look: 20 Dresses Under $500

It’s the season of graduations, weddings, and cocktail parties out on the patio; you know you’re going to need at least one new summer dress. I always feel much less stressed buying a new dress at the beginning of the season, when there are plenty of sizes and styles, and more importantly, no real stress to find something.

Here are 20 summer dresses, all under $500 (many much less expensive than that), appropriate for celebrating in balmy temps. A number of these summer dresses can be easily dressed up or dressed down, depending on your footwear and accessories. I’ve included a number of silhouettes appropriate for varying body types, and tried to avoid the abundance of flounces that are everywhere this season.

Selections include affiliate links to pieces from StyleCarrot sponsors, but are all my own choices.

Shop For Summer Dresses Under $500

Dee Elly / 2 Cefinn / 3 Equipment / 4 Pixie Market / 5 Reiss

Shop For Summer Dresses Under $500

7 Reiss / 8 Pixie Market / 9 Julia Jordan / 10 P.A.R.O.S.H. / 11 Alice and Olivia

Shop For Summer Dresses Under $500

12 Vince Camuto /13 Maggy London / 14 DVF / 15 Joie / 16 Cos

Shop For Summer Dresses Under $500

17 J.Crew / 18 Draper James /19 Ted Baker / 20 Azalea

 

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Sale Alert: 42 Summer Shoes from the Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale

It’s that time again. The (StyleCarrot partner) Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale during which thousands of items, including over 3,500 pairs of shoes, are discounted up to 40 percent through Sunday, June 4, 2017. That means you have 10 shopping days left, but don’t wait til the last minute because sizes sell out fast.

To make it easier for you, and well, because I like to shop for shoes, I sifted through most of the 3,500 plus sale shoes and distilled the many amazing choices down to just 42 goodies. I tried to include a mix of colors and styles, focusing on  neutrals, though I did through in a few brights. Most are casual daytime looks, but a few heels can play dress up.

While most of my Nordstrom sale shoe picks are summer styles—open toe sandals and plenty of espadrilles, plus a slip on sneaker or two—I also included a smattering of boots, including #7 and #22 Hunter rain boots (because it’s raining today and I desperately need some) and two winter staples—#13 Rachel Comey Mars bootie and #31 Rag & Bone Ashby bootie. Take your pick, but buy one. You will thank me come fall.

I need to make a few other shout-outs. I’m seriously considering the Joie studded bootie for a some fall/winter whimsy. I already own the Dolce Vita Loki Slide, which I actually didn’t include below, but is on sale. It runs seriously wide (go a half size down), but it works fine enough and is super comfortable.

Last year on a press trip to the Vineyard I bought #8 Toms Majorca Perforated Mule which has a chunky, not too high heel. I thought the under $100 price was a bargain, but now at under $55 it’s a no brainer.

I ordered #14 Opening Ceremony Elena Sandal yesterday as a stylish every day sandal when I’m not wearing my incredibly comfortable (but kinda middle aged lady) Skechers slip on sneakers. I also ordered #30 Vince Thalia Sandal thinking it will elevate pretty much any outfit I throw on. I got a pair of distressed marine blue Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Shoreline Low Tops too.

I was a bit indulgent yesterday. But when you see these and start browsing I think you may just have a hard time restraining yourself too. Let me know what you picked!

Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale Summer Shoes & Boots

Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale Summer Shoes & Boots

Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale Summer Shoes & Boots

Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale Summer Shoes & Boots

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Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale Summer Shoes & Boots

S H O P P I N G

1 Kork-Ease Pearl Sandal, $94.90 

2 Tory Burch Shaw Fringe Espadrille, $117.25  

3 Joie Lacole Studded Bootie, $226.80 

4 Loeffler Randall Mara Espadrille Flat, $134.98  

5 Alexander Wang Devon Espadrille Flat, $243.75 

6 Bill Blass Calf Hair Niki Mule, $134.9840 

7 Hunter Original Refined Rain Boot, $110.55 

8 Toms Majorca Perforated Mule, $58.77 

9 Tory Burch Sonoma Embroidered Ghillie Flat, $177.55 6

10 Ugg Adley Slip-On Sneaker, $71.96 

11 Botkier Pilar Ankle Strap Sandal, $77 

12 Marc Fisher Vally Lace-Up Platform Espadrille, $89.90 

13 Rachel Comey Mars Bootie, $255.60 

14 Opening Ceremony Elena Sandal, $116.98 

15 Kork-Ease Amboy Slide Sandal, $99.90 

16 Rebecca Minkoff Erika Pompom Tassel Sandal, $65.96 

17 Tory Burch Patos Sandal, $130.65 

18 Splendid Julie Platform Sandal, $89.60 

19 Sam Edelman Patti Ankle Strap Sandal, $69.96 

20 Dolce Vita Casta Sandal, $59.96 

21 Kate Spade Daisy Wedge Sandal, $118.80 

22 Hunter Original Short Adjustable Rain Boot, $110.55 

23 Sam Edelman Lynda Espadrille Slide Sandal, $69.96 

24 Steve Madden Getdown Sandal, $40.16 

25 Loeffler Randall Suze Wraparound Sandal, $176.98 

26 Jack Rogers Whipstitched Thong Sandal, $79.95 

27 Birkenstock Arizona Shearling Lined Sandal, $115.96 

28 Frye Chrissy Sandal, $208.50 

29 Tod’s Platform Derby, $374.98 

30 Vince Thalia Sandal, $176.98  

31 Rag & Bone Ashby Bootie, $314.98 

32 Sam Edelman Verona Espadrille, $31.46 

33 Vince Blake Sandal, $194.98  

34 Steve Madden Fara-S Sandal, $77.96 

35 Sam Edelman Patsy Wraparound Wedge, $79.90 

36 Botkier Anna Sandal, $71 

37 Aquatalia Zaira Oxford, $296.98

38 Charles David Birch Block Heel, $202.46 

39 Rebecca Minkoff Susie Studded Slide, $74.96 

40 Adidas Stan Smith Sneaker, $60  

41 Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Shoreline Low Top, $35.98 

42 Soludos Banana Espadrille Slip-On, $52.99 

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Get the Look: 25 Modern Lounge Chairs

The one piece of furniture I’ve longed for, lusted after, craved, dreamed of is a very specific modern lounge chair—the Herman Miller Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman, preferably in creamy white leather, and I think, a white ash shell, though I also love the palisander and walnut finishes. I suppose it would depend on where it lived. At $6,000, it is definitely a dream.

(If you’re in the market, the 15% off Herman Miller sale just started at StyleCarrot partner sites DWR and YLiving. In addition to the modern lounge, you can stock up on Eames fiberglass side chairs and swag leg desk; George Nelson slatted bench, bubble lamps, and that Marshmallow sofa; the Aeron desk chair; and more.)

When I searched for side chairs for our living room, we didn’t have the luxury of considering elongated or flamboyant modern lounge chairs, like the iconic creations of the mid-century masters, such as Arne Jacobsen’s Egg chair or Harry Bertoia’s Bird chair. Instead, I needed much smaller pieces, and actually found a pair of small scale, mid-century modern Danish lounge chairs on eBay.

Still, I can’t help imagining life with an Eames lounge. I love the Jens Risom too, which is much more reasonably scaled. Here are 25 modern lounge chairs from StyleCarrot partners in all sorts of colors, shapes, and sizes, as well as a variety of price points.

Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs Modern Living Room Furniture

Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs Modern Living Room Furniture

Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs Modern Living Room Furniture

Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs Modern Living Room Furniture

S H O P P I N G

1 Eames® Lounge Chair + Ottoman at DWR.

2 Bertoia Bird Lounge Chair by Knoll at 2modern.

3 Egg™ Chair by Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen at DWR. 

4 Platner Easy Chair by Knoll at 2modern

5 Petra Mustard Fabric Armchair at Interior Secrets.

6 Risom Lounge Chair by Jens Risom for Knoll® at DWR.

7 URBN Romi Lounge Chair by Modloft at 2modern

8 Gala Gold Lounge Chair at CB2.

9 Blue Velvet Lounge Chair at Chairish

10 Toro Lounge Chair by Blu Dot at Lumens.  

11 Organic Chair (Eames/Saarinen replica) at Interior Secrets.

12 Maxime Lounge Chair at Jonathan Adler.

13 Yellow Lounge Chair by Design Tree Home at Wayfair

14 Tuulla Chair from Vioski at YLiving

15 Terrano Leather Lounge Chair at CB2.

16 Contour Lounge + Ottoman at Interior Secrets

17 Grey Teak Lounge Chair at Chairish

18 PK20 Wicker Lounge Chair from Fritz Hansen at Switch Modern. 

19 Westwood Lounge Chair at Apt2B.

20 CH445 Wing Lounge Chair by Carl Hansen at Lumens

21 Origami Leather Lounge Chair at West Elm

22 Stern Modern Classic Blue Velvet Lounge Chair at Kathy Kuo Home

23 Barcelona Chair by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe from Knoll at YLiving. 

24 Hans Andersen Home Bishop Cream Leather Lounge Chair by Stilnovo at Overstock.

25 Bower Lounge Chair at West Elm.

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Get the Look: 21 Modern Brass Pendant Lights

Swapping out mundane hardware for more special styles is an easy upgrade that gives a big return. Opting for brass intensifies the results. Who would have thought that the design world’s sudden penchant for brass, especially brass pendant lights, on the heels of it being considered so utterly bourgeois would have such staying power? Brass accents instantly brighten and freshen a space. Doing brass in the kitchen is big.

Gone are the days of the builder’s brass chandelier over the dining table. There is so much good brass lighting on the market. My favorite lighting sites include StyleCarrot partners Lumens, Ylighting, and Destination Lighting, (all of which are having major sale events right now). Let’s look at the 21 modern brass pendant lights I picked out from there and elsewhere.

Modern Brass Pendant Lights For Kitchens & Baths

Modern Brass Pendant Lights For Kitchens & Baths

S H O P P I N G 

1 Tom Dixon Bronze Copper Shade Pendant 

2 Hudson Valley Lighting Colebrook Round Pendant Light

3 Tom Dixon Brass Beat Pendant

4 Krisztian Mecs for Intueri Light Solo Pendant

5 Lee Broom Brass Fulcrum Pendant

6 Corrigan Studio Ballywillin Brass Dome Pendant 

7 Jonathan Adler for Robert Abbey Rio Pendant

8 Duotone Cylinder Pendant  

9 Hoyne Brass Pendant 

10 Hudson Valley Lighting Lyons Aged Brass Pendant Light 

11 Felipe Lisboa from Viso Bolio Pendant Light 

12 Michael Anastassiades for Flos IC S Pendant Light 

13 Arteriors Sabine Pendant

14 Dee Brass Pendant Light

15 Ragtime Pendant Light 

16 Goodman Pendant Ligh

17 Pharaoh Pendant Light  

18 Rico Espinet for Robert Abbey Nova Pendant 

19 Kichler City Loft Pendant Light

20 Hudson Valley Rousseau Aged Brass Pendant Globe Light

21 Louis Poulsen Doo-Wop Pendant Light 

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